Supporting GSAs

 

From the beginning, OSSCC has supported Gay-Straight Alliances (GSAs) as a way to help students feel safe in school. GSA is a student-initiated and student-run club in a public or private school. The goal of a GSA is to provide a safe, supportive environment for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer (LGBTQ+) and straight ally youth to meet and build community, to discuss issues facing the LGBTQ+ community, and to work to create a school environment free of discrimination, harassment, and intolerance. Research shows that all students in a school with a GSA feel safer than in a school with no GSA. 

GSAs are active in many high schools, some middle schools, and even a few elementary schools in Oregon. OSSCC supports existing groups by sharing resources, through a mini-grant program, and by hosting workshops for advisors. We also support the creation of new groups. 

 

Mini-grants 

Since 2015, OSSCC has offered mini-grants to GSAs to support club activities. To be eligible for a grant, an activity must be planned, directed and implemented by youth and must have a school sponsor. The application process and form is provided each year on this website and the OSSCC Board approves those mini-grants to be funded. Groups that receive mini-grants are expected to submit a short final report describing the impact of the activities. 

GSA Resources 

Student and GSA Resources from GLSEN  

GSA Network  

Time Out Youth: GSA Support  

HRC’s Welcoming Schools  

How to Start A Gay-Straight Alliance (GSA)  

Resources for GSAs from Portland Public Schools  

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